Imagenation boosts slate to six

Emirati films to be produced over two years

LONDON — Imagenation Abu Dhabi has unveiled a further five Emirati films that it will develop, finance and produce over the next two years, boosting its slate to six projects.

“Million’s Poet,” based on the Abu Dhabi TV reality television program, follows the struggle of a young Bedouin girl with a passion for poetry who lives with her father and brother.

“Djinn,” penned by U.S. writer David Tully (“Hepzibah”), is a “haunted house tale” that follows tenants of a new high-rise built on an abandoned fishing village while “Alaska,” penned by Ahmed Al Arshi, follows the tale of two Abu Dhabi students who are studying abroad in the U.S. and desperate to join a popular fraternity in the college.

Two rom-coms are also added to the Imagenation slate: “Alis and Aishas” chronicles three young Emirati men in the 80s as they search for true love while “Monsoon,” written by Youssef Ibrahim, follows Omar, a popular Emirati talkshow host, whose love for an Indian woman is plagued with cultural obstacles.

At Cannes this year, Imagenation announced coming-of-age pic “Sea Shadow” as the first production on its slate.

CEO Edward Borgerding said that each of the films has “the potential to resonate with international movie audiences.”

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